It’s another edition of our FRIDAY FAVORITES! Here are a few things that have been catching our attention lately and are worth gushing a little bit over…
SUCCULENTS- I know when I was a kid my Grandma had these outside along her front porch. But let’s be honest, in the south that’s referred to as the stoop and they weren’t called succulents – they were ol’ hen and lil’ chickens. I can remember being an adult or close to it and my Grams packing up a pot of ol’ hens and lil’ chickens to send home with me because they could withstand my for mentioned lack of a green thumb. Well I managed to kill them – hahaha. But my 3o something self is pretty sure that I can handle the succulent life now. I am most blown away by wall hanging succulents. Look at this one above – it’s planted in the shape of a letter H! I’m going to make my way to Home Depot this weekend and pick up some because they have an incredible assortment. Are you a fan of succulents? Have you ever heard them called Ol’ Hen and Lil’ Chickens?
COLORADO LEGACY COFFEE- Last week we celebrated Father’s day and I had a handful of men in my life I wanted to celebrate for the awesome impact they have made on me. And gosh, if there is one thing I’ve learned it’s when you have a lack in your life, God doesn’t just sorta fill it, he abundantly more than enough fills it. So I had 4 special guys to bless and wanted something that I knew they would like but that wouldn’t break the piggy bank. Immediately I thought coffee. I started asking around for something different, something a bit more special than, well, Folgers. While in my weekly meeting with Kelly and Jamie I brought up my coffee dilemma and Kelly told me of a local roaster that she had heard great things about – Colorado Legacy Coffee. I made my way there and was pleasantly greeted by a mom and daughter who took care of my total gifting needs. I bought Mesa Blend for my Orgeon coffee loving Dad on recommendation by the duo. I bought Mexican Chiapas for the father in-law who loves all things unique and I bought my husband the cleverly marketed, Morning Moonshine Cold Brew. So not only was there a look of yummy surprise on their faces to get unique coffee and awesome mugs and glasses but when we brewed it all up they were blown away by the smoothness of the coffee and the lack of acidity. I highly recommend you make your way over to Colorado Legacy Coffee. Also check out their website and unique story of how they ended up in good ol Grand Junction.
BARN DOORS- Barn doors, oh how I love thee! I am currently in the middle of a house remodel with a great home Jamie sold me about a month ago. This purchase took a lot of TLC because while we were looking at it, it went into short sale. Panic right? No way… Jamie being the patient agent and friend that she is walked us through every step until this property was not only ours, but ours at an incredible price! One reason I decided to buy a home that wasn’t “move it ready” was because my dad is a contractor and we knew this was the perfect opportunity to make this home truly ours from top to bottom. So now that I’m here I keep picturing sliding barn doors. I love the idea of a chic, pretty house with rustic touches like barn doors and shiplap. The awesome thing is that these days you can go on pinterest and find plans to build your own barn doors for a fraction of a cost. Would you put barn doors in your home? They definitely have to be put into the right style of home but to me they can go in 60% of homes -haha. I’m a sucker for shabby chic.
LAVENDER- Lavender is everywhere. You’re either a fan or your not. I think lavender is pretty great. I go to bed at night dreaming of fulfilling all my pinterest dreams of making lavender body butter and bath scrubs. I’m planning on talking Kelly and Jamie into a girls day of this soon. Surprise girls! Did you know there are a ton of benefits to lavender? There’s more than you may think. Lavender is much more than just pretty & calming. It is one of the most powerful remedies in the plant world, offering both physical and emotional relief for problems as varied as burns, migraines, insomnia, insect bites, skin problems, infections, stress and nervous tension. It’s even know to repel SPIDERS! If you weren’t sold before you are now, right? Here are a few great ways to use lavender. **Make sure to always use a carrier oil or water it down as straight lavender is way too strong on the skin. Always check with your doctor before trying something new for a medical issue.
And don’t forget about the Palisade Lavender Fest July 8-10!
- Aching Muscles
If you’ve spent a back-breaking afternoon in the garden, jump into a lavender bath to soothe aches & pains away. Apply Epsom salts & a few drops of Lavender Oil to the bath and soak away the tension.
Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne, according to aromatherapists. “It inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection, helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring”. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a plain moisturizer or cleanser.
- Bugs & Bacteria
French laboratory studies in the early 20th century showed that lavender is a powerful antibacterial in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combined with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.
- Burns (minor)
After you have cooled the area by immersing it in running cold water for 5 minutes, gently stroke on lavender oil. Pain relief is almost immediate, and burn usually heals without scarring.
- Cuts & Wounds
Apply lavender oil to sooth pain, prevent bacterial infection and aid scar-free healing. Apply neat.
Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat. For babies & small children, add 2-3 drops of the warmed oil to a little olive oil and massage in the same way.
Stroke infused lavender oil (a few drops of lavender oil & carrier oil) into dry, itchy skin—small children will find this especially comforting or add a few drops of lavender oil to calamine lotion, shake before use.
Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.
For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. Take care not to let them get chilled. This works for adults too.
The distilled water of Lavender Mist around your head, is refreshing and soothing. Alternatively, make a compress of a piece of cause or muslin soaked in icy cold water then sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.
People have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser on the ward. To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.
- Menstrual Cramps
Massage a few drops of lavender oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area, which a little lavender oil has been sprinkled.
- Moths, Spiders & Mosquitos
These annoying little bugs all hate the smell of lavender. To prevent bites, splash yourself with lavender water before you go out at sunset or to bed, put 3-4 drops of oil on your pillow or soak cotton wool ball in the oil and leave it on a saucer in front of the window. Lavender oil is also a terrific remedy for insect bites, soothing itching & inflammation: dab it on to them neat as soon as possible. To keep moths off your clothes, hand lavender bags on you coat hangers or keep them among your sweaters and refresh them with a drop or two of lavender oil from time to time.
Combine a mix of lavender oil with, analgesic, antiviral & scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of shingles. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.
Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapists recommend for inhalations to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.
- Stress & Anxiety
Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist water handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil neat to your temples.